P.O.W. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was traded by the Taliban for 5 Reformed Peaceful Gitmo Detainees

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ure-U-S-soldier-Bowe-Bergdahl-3-days-run.html

A U.S. soldier held by the Taliban since 2009 has been recaptured after he went on the run for three days.

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's daring escape failed when a manhunt was launched in Pakistan to find him, Taliban commanders said.

He is now facing his third Christmas in captivity.



Sgt Bergdahl has been a prisoner of the Taliban since his capture on June 30, 2009, in Afghanistan.

Since then, he has appeared in a least five Taliban propoganda videos, one of which was released in May.

He is the only known U.S. soldier to be captive of the Taliban.

Sgt Bergdahl made the attempt in late August or early September, after several months when his jailers became more trusting of him.

It is thought he learnt Pashto and converted to Islam to build up a rapport with his captors.

The soldier then reportedly jumped from a first-floor window of a mud-brick house in Pakistan where he was held, and made his escape into underbrush and forested mountains.


The 25-year-old made his daring break for freedom by jumping from a first-floor window before going on the run Pakistan


Sgt Bergdahl, who launched a daring escape attempt, was reported to have adopted the Muslim name Abdullah, according to his captors

His captors found him three days later hiding in a trench, covered with leaves and virtually naked, according to the report.

The sources described Sgt Bergdahl, of Hailey, Idaho, fighting 'like a boxer' when found.

Quoting a Taliban source, The Daily Beast reported that Sgt Bergdahl told his captors that he wanted to find civilian villagers who would help him and notify the U.S..

But that hope proved futile as villagers had long since fled Pakistan's North Waziristan region because of the conflict.

Now he is back in captivity, Sgt Bergdahl is once more restrained at night and being moved frequently to avoid detection by U.S. forces.

Drone strikes have killed several senior militants in the area he is being held and sources say the Taliban is ready to make a deal to release the soldier.

A source told The Daily Beast: 'There's a fear that a dronecould hit the golden [goose].'

Colonel Tim Marsano, an Idaho National Guard spokesman based in Boise, was quoted in the report and has spoken with Sgt Bergdahl's family.

'There is certainly a lot of new information in that article that was news to the Sgt Bergdahl family,' he said. 'Any mother would be glad to hear that her son is alive and well at this point.'
The guy looks fucking miserable in those photos. Poor bastard. I hope he at least knocked out a couple of those savages before they finally grabbed him.
 

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Fuck that faggot
 

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Can't believe we have not gotten him back through less political means by now. Fuck Pakistan for letting these cunts hide in their country.
 

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Administration reportedly seeks prisoner swap with Taliban to free American POW
Published February 18, 2014
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The Obama administration has decided to revive talks with the Afghan Taliban in an effort to free the only known American soldier in captivity in exchange for the release of Taliban prisoners held at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, The Washington Post reported late Monday.

Five Taliban prisoners who have been held at Guantanamo for years would be released to protective custody in exchange for the release of Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured in Afghanistan in 2009, the newspaper reported, citing current and former U.S. officials familiar with the decision.

The Post reported that senior officials from the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department and other agencies decided within the past month to allow the release of all five prisoners at the same time, though the exchange offer has not been formally made.

The report comes a month after U.S. officials confirmed they'd received a video showing Bergdahl, 27, in poorer health than previous footage taken in the years since he went missing in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. Bergdahl was based on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska when he was captured.

Bergdahl, who is from Idaho, was 23 years old at the time and was serving at a base in Paktika province near the border with Pakistan in an area known to be a Taliban stronghold. In the first video released by the Taliban, Bergdahl indicated that he was captured after lagging behind during a patrol.

The circumstances of Bergdahl's capture are unclear. U.S. officials had told The Associated Press that a soldier vanished after walking off his base with three Afghans, while the Taliban said "a drunken American soldier had come out of his garrison" and was captured by militants.

Last year, the Taliban offered a deal to free Bergdahl in exchange for five of their most senior operatives being held at Guatanamo Bay. But the proposal was rejected by the Obama administration over a longstanding U.S. policy of not negotiating with terrorists.

Two U.S. officials familiar with the decision told The Washington Post that the Taliban had broken off negotiations and that the U.S. has been open to talks. Negotiations would not attempt to engage the Taliban on other issues related to the future of Afghanistan, the report said.

Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Friday that U.S. officials are eager to secure Bergdahl's release, according to the Post.

“He’s been gone too long,” Kirby told reporters during a press briefing. "We want him back. We’ve never stopped trying to bring that about. He’s never far from anyone’s mind here."

There is no "actionable" intelligence on Bergdahl’s precise location, one official told the Post, and the U.S. military has reportedly ruled out a rescue mission.

The effort to revive talks comes amid U.S. frustration over Afghan President Hamid Karzai's refusal to sign a long-term security agreement with the U.S. that he agreed to last year. The pact would provide the legal basis for any U.S. forces to remain in Afghanistan as trainers and advisers after the international combat mission ends in December.


 

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The Obama administration has decided to revive talks with the Afghan Taliban in an effort to free the only known American soldier in captivity in exchange for the release of Taliban prisoners held at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, The Washington Post reported late Monday.


“He’s been gone too long,” Kirby told reporters during a press briefing. "We want him back. We’ve never stopped trying to bring that about. He’s never far from anyone’s mind here."


Oh isn't that big of them 5 years later. I am sure he is never far from anyone's minds, yes that is why this has been in the press non stop right. Now our government has no idea where he is yet a newspaper was able to find out details of him trying to escape. Sounds about right
 

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God fucking damn it, why have we not gotten him back already? We should "negotiate" a deal, then kill every motherfucker that's not on our side when they do the exchange. We should not be negotiating with scumbags.
 

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Why aren't we allowed to behead Muslims?
 

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They're bringing the fuck back.
 

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He's been reprogrammed as a jihadi, he'll do terror on you people!
 

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I didn't hear the official trade call...but I understand it's...

To USA:
Sgt Bergdahl

To Afghanistan:
5 Gitmo Taliban detainees

What a ripoff...couldn't even squeeze the Taliban's 5th round draft pick out of the deal. Our GM sucks.
 

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I didn't hear the official trade call...but I understand it's...

To USA:
Sgt Bergdahl

To Afghanistan:
5 Gitmo Taliban detainees

What a ripoff...couldn't even squeeze the Taliban's 5th round draft pick out of the deal. Our GM sucks.
Who made that trade? Mike Milbury?
 

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Turns out, the Obama administration broke the law....and they don't seem to give a shit...

Bergdahl release arrangement could threaten the safety of Americans, Republicans say

Amid jubilation Saturday over the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity by the Taliban, senior Republicans on Capitol Hill said they were troubled by the means by which it was accomplished, which was a deal to release five Afghan detainees from the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Top Republicans on the Senate and House armed services committees went so far as to accuse President Obama of having broken the law, which requires the administration to notify Congress before any transfers from Guantanamo are carried out.

“Trading five senior Taliban leaders from detention in Guantanamo Bay for Bergdahl’s release may have consequences for the rest of our forces and all Americans. Our terrorist adversaries now have a strong incentive to capture Americans. That incentive will put our forces in Afghanistan and around the world at even greater risk,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. McKeon (R-Calif.) and the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, James M. Inhofe (Okla.), said in a joint statement.

Lawmakers were not notified of the Guantanamo detainees’ transfer until after it occurred.

The law requires the defense secretary to notify relevant congressional committees at least 30 days before making any transfers of prisoners, to explain the reason and to provide assurances that those released would not be in a position to reengage in activities that could threaten the United States or its interests.

Before the current law was enacted at the end of last year, the conditions were even more stringent. However, the administration and some Democrats had pressed for them to be loosened, in part to give them more flexibility to negotiate for Bergdahl’s release.

A senior administration official, agreeing to speak on the condition of anonymity to explain the timing of the congressional notification, acknowledged that the law was not followed. When he signed the law last year, Obama issued a signing statement contending that the notification requirement was an unconstitutional infringement on his powers as commander in chief and that he therefore could override it.

“Due to a near-term opportunity to save Sergeant Bergdahl’s life, we moved as quickly as possible,” the official said. “The administration determined that given these unique and exigent circumstances, such a transfer should go forward notwithstanding the notice requirement.”

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that the detainees transferred from Guantanamo to Qatar, where they are to stay for at least a year, “are hardened terrorists who have the blood of Americans and countless Afghans on their hands. I am eager to learn what precise steps are being taken to ensure that these vicious and violent Taliban extremists never return to the fight against the United States and our partners or engage in any activities that can threaten the prospects for peace and security in Afghanistan.”

Beyond this individual instance, some raised the larger question of whether it is sound policy for the United States to have, in the words of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), “negotiated with terrorists.”

Rogers said the action marked a “fundamental shift in U.S. policy.”
Obama is already hiding behind the corpse-man and his family by proclaiming that "he wasn't going to leave any soldier behind". A simple case of the law being broken in order to do something that's right. Of course, he's not saying what 5 detainees were released, but it's obvious that it's the "Gitmo 5"...a group of senior Taliban officials that the Taliban demanded be released in order to "perhaps" make them more receptive to peace talks.

And more about those 5 Gitmo detainees...

The Taliban has long demanded that the “Gitmo 5” be released in order for peace talks to begin in earnest. The Obama administration has desperately sought to engage the Taliban as American forces are drawn down in Afghanistan, but those talks have gone nowhere to this point. At first, the administration set preconditions for the talks, including that the Taliban break its relationship with al Qaeda. When it became clear that this was a non-starter, the administration decided to make the Taliban’s desired break with al Qaeda a goal, and no longer a precondition, for its diplomacy.
:butterface: Look how fuckin pathetic and weak we are. The Taliban says, "There will be no discussion of peace until our 5 top commanders are released." And the almighty and powerful Obama administration comes back and says..."Oh yeah? Well we won't talk until you break all ties with al Qaeda!". Taliban tells us to go fuck ourselves, and so what do we do? We give in and release their 5 guys and are lucky that we got our one guy back...in the HOPES that the al Qaeda-loving Taliban will be nudged along into making peace.

There is little hope that the peace talks will be more successful now. But the president seems to believe that Bergdahl’s exchange for the Gitmo 5 (who are reportedly being transferred to Qatar) may break the ice. “While we are mindful of the challenges, it is our hope Sergeant Bergdahl’s recovery could potentially open the door for broader discussions among Afghans about the future of their country by building confidence that it is possible for all sides to find common ground,” Obama said in his statement.
So...let me make sure I got this right...

After 9/11, we find out that the Taliban in Afghanistan are big fans of al Qaeda and in fact, are harboring many of them...including bin Laden himself. So we attack them in the hopes of destroying al Qaeda. 12 years later, al Qaeda still exists and is perhaps more powerful than they've ever been in the previous 12 years...and now we're saying it's ok for the Taliban to associate and support al Qaeda...and as a gesture of goodwill as we invite you to talk peace, we will give you the 5 top guys you want and just give us that one guy you have. Pretty please. And let's sit and talk this out...

I'm stunned.

The Obama administration says that security measures have been put into place to make sure that the Gitmo 5 do not pose a threat to American national security. Let’s hope that is true; it certainly has not been the case with many ex-Gitmo detainees in the past.
"Security measures". Right. I'm sure those 5 top Taliban leaders will leave Gitmo with a new appreciation for America and everything we're about. And I'm sure as they're eventually roaming the vast mountains and tunnels of Afghanistan again...the US will be able to keep close tabs on their whereabouts at all times and ensuring they're not going to continue fighting against the United States and interests abroad.

We are so doomed.
 

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I didn't hear the official trade call...but I understand it's...

To USA:
Sgt Bergdahl

To Afghanistan:
5 Gitmo Taliban detainees

What a ripoff...couldn't even squeeze the Taliban's 5th round draft pick out of the deal. Our GM sucks.
After 5 years away from the game, I don't think Sgt. Bergdahl is going to be of much use to the team.
 

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Turns out, the Obama administration broke the law....and they don't seem to give a shit...



Obama is already hiding behind the corpse-man and his family by proclaiming that "he wasn't going to leave any soldier behind". A simple case of the law being broken in order to do something that's right. Of course, he's not saying what 5 detainees were released, but it's obvious that it's the "Gitmo 5"...a group of senior Taliban officials that the Taliban demanded be released in order to "perhaps" make them more receptive to peace talks.

And more about those 5 Gitmo detainees...



:butterface: Look how fuckin pathetic and weak we are. The Taliban says, "There will be no discussion of peace until our 5 top commanders are released." And the almighty and powerful Obama administration comes back and says..."Oh yeah? Well we won't talk until you break all ties with al Qaeda!". Taliban tells us to go fuck ourselves, and so what do we do? We give in and release their 5 guys and are lucky that we got our one guy back...in the HOPES that the al Qaeda-loving Taliban will be nudged along into making peace.



So...let me make sure I got this right...

After 9/11, we find out that the Taliban in Afghanistan are big fans of al Qaeda and in fact, are harboring many of them...including bin Laden himself. So we attack them in the hopes of destroying al Qaeda. 12 years later, al Qaeda still exists and is perhaps more powerful than they've ever been in the previous 12 years...and now we're saying it's ok for the Taliban to associate and support al Qaeda...and as a gesture of goodwill as we invite you to talk peace, we will give you the 5 top guys you want and just give us that one guy you have. Pretty please. And let's sit and talk this out...

I'm stunned.



"Security measures". Right. I'm sure those 5 top Taliban leaders will leave Gitmo with a new appreciation for America and everything we're about. And I'm sure as they're eventually roaming the vast mountains and tunnels of Afghanistan again...the US will be able to keep close tabs on their whereabouts at all times and ensuring they're not going to continue fighting against the United States and interests abroad.

We are so doomed.
And this is a major morale boost for all the ala akbars, we've left iraq (which they are gaining control over day by day), virtually left afghanistan already; beyond all the logistical effects. Oh, didn't touch saudi arabia, and showed the ragheads in syria what's what when they cross that line.
 

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(Reuters) - The five Taliban prisoners being turned over by the United States to Qatar in a deal with the Taliban for the release of a U.S. soldier on Saturday were listed by the Pentagon as "high-risk" detainees, including two implicated in the deaths of thousands of Shi'ite Muslims in Afghanistan.

A U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, identified the five men as: Mohammed Fazl, Mullah Norullah Noori, Mohammed Nabi, Khairullah Khairkhwa and Abdul Haq Wasiq. They were being placed in the custody of Qatar after the Taliban released U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held for nearly five years after being captured in Afghanistan.

Pentagon documents released by the WikiLeaks organization said all five were sent to the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2002, the year the detention facility opened. They were classified as "high-risk" detainees who were "likely to pose a threat" to the United States, its interests and allies.

Here is a look at the five men.

* MOHAMMED FAZL: A February 2008 Pentagon document said Fazl served as Taliban deputy minister of defense and as a seniorcommander who was chief of staff of the Taliban army. The U.S.military said he was wanted by the United Nations for possiblewar crimes including the murder of thousands of Afghanistan'sminority Shi'ite Muslims between 1998 and 2001. It said he was born in 1967 in Afghanistan's Uruzgan province. According toU.S. military documents, Fazl was also on the scene of a November 2001 prison riot that killed CIA operative Johnny Micheal Spann, the first American who died in combat in the Afghan war. There is no evidence, however, that Fazl played anydirect role in Spann's death.

MULLAH NORULLAH NOORI: A February 2008 Pentagon documentsaid Noori was a senior Taliban military commander in the Afghancity of Mazar-e-Sharif during fighting in late 2001 after theU.S. invasion. It said he also was the Taliban governor for twoprovinces and was wanted by the United Nations for possible warcrimes including the murder of thousands of Shi'ite Muslims. Itsaid he was born in 1967 in Afghanistan's Zabul province.

KHAIRULLAH KHAIRKHWA: A March 2008 Pentagon document said Khairkhwa was a senior Taliban official serving as the ministerof interior, governor of Herat and a military commander. It saidthat after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, herepresented the Taliban during meetings with Iranian officialsseeking to support hostilities against U.S. forces inAfghanistan. It said he was born in 1967 in Afghanistan's Kandahar province.

ABDUL HAQ WASIQ: A January 2008 Pentagon document saidWasiq served as the Taliban deputy minister of intelligence. "Hewas central to the Taliban's efforts to form alliances withother Islamic fundamentalist groups to fight alongside theTaliban against U.S. and Coalition forces after the 11 September 2001 attacks," the document said. It said he was born in 1971 inAfghanistan's Ghazni province.

MOHAMMED NABI: A January 2008 Pentagon document said Nabiwas a senior Taliban official who "served in multiple leadership roles." It said he "maintained weapons caches and facilitatedthe smuggling of fighters and weapons." It said he was born in 1968 in Afghanistan's Khost province.
 

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Obama drew a line and said you will get no more than five taliban for one American. Glad he stuck to his guns on that one.:rolleyes:

I'm really glad that this in no way a precedent setting event that terrorists around the world won't look at and go "Hey, the Americans actually DO NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORISTS, let's go kidnap more Americans.":rolleyes:

 

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I've been reading many things on Facebook and from news sources that say that this guy "allegedly" deserted his unit and took off from the base and that's how he was captured (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/is-sgt-bowe-bergdahl-a-hero-or-a-deserter/)


Any of our military folks hear more about this?
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm........................

POW dad’s bizarre deleted tweet raises questions about Obama’s prisoner swap
June 1, 2014 by Joe Saunders 129 Comments

Photo Credit: Daily News

A Twitter posting by the father of the serviceman released from Taliban captivity Saturday in exchange for five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay is raising deep questions about what exactly the Obama administration did to get Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl out of Afghanistan.

Here’s the tweet, which Robert Bergdahl posted May 28 – before his son’s release – and deleted Saturday, according to Twitchy.com.



Whatever else it might be, “God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, ameen!” doesn’t sound like a rousing call to patriotism.

ABalkhi is the Twitter handle of Abdulqahar Balkhi, a Taliban spokesman.

It’s important to remember the elder Bergdahl posted the message while his son was still in captivity and might have been willing to say anything while talking to the sergeant’s captors. It’s also unclear whether the tweet was intended to be public.

But the contents of the posting are making a lot of people suspicious.

The circumstances of Bergdahl’s capture are already odd — no one knows why he left that Army base five years ago and a USA story published Saturday shows Bergdahl is thought by many in the military to have either deserted or gone AWOL.

Also, the release of Guantanamo Bay terrorists in exchange for him violates a longstanding U.S. policy of not negotiating — at least publicly — with terrorist organizations. It also violated U.S. law that requires Congress to receive 30 days’ notice before Gitmo prisoners are released, according to top Republicans on the House and Senate armed services committees.

And, let’s face it, the Obama administration is widely distrusted particularly when it comes to its handling of terrorism — the shadows of Benghazi are long. Twitter postings reacting to the elder Bergdahl’s deleted post reflected that.

Here’s a sample, via Twitchy.

(Note: Some strong language at the end.)

This is why Obama might have another scandal on his hands.. #Fatigue pic.twitter.com/UxgoGM15Er

— S.M (@redsteeze) June 1, 2014

@RichardGrenell: RT @wendykjohns: bowes dad is working to free all gitmo prisoners pic.twitter.com/c5QySLLady@whiskeytengo Yikes!

— Deborah Cleveland (@Dbeb311) June 1, 2014

Wow. This is the father who appeared alongside Obama today. RT @bobbergdahl: I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners.

— Christian Ziegler (@ChrisMZiegler) June 1, 2014

@irritatedwoman Why is Bowe Berghdahl’s father trying 2 free Gitmo prisoners? This POW story has been odd since day 1 pic.twitter.com/x6R7JinoeX

— Mary A (@JoanOfArc1909) June 1, 2014

@RichardGrenell I am sick to my stomach! God save us from our leaders.

— Deborah Matthews (@DeborahMatthew1) May 31, 2014

And here’s one that pretty well sums up how Americans might feel about the whole situation.

So, it seems Bergdahl’s father is sympathetic toward the Taliban at Gitmo. That’s fucking fantastic.

— TFC3Tweets (@TFC3Tweets) June 1, 2014

That’s tough to beat.

http://www.bizpacreview.com/2014/06...s-questions-about-obamas-prisoner-swap-122571
 

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Fuck the ragheads.

They should have just accidentally bombed the place our POW was at.

At least then he wouldn't be tortured any more.

Thos is the worst homeland season uet.
 

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They could have gotten this guy out at anytime but only did so when Obama needed some good military PR. This is a nice distraction from the V.A. scandal.
 

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Maybe they've just perfected subdermal GPS implants.